I can’t even remember what made me decide to include a couple of TED talks per week into my ‘procrastination schedule’, but I’m glad I did…especially when you consider what Adam Grant has to say in …
The Surprising Habits of Original Thinkers
- ‘Originals’ live in a sweet spot between the pre-crastinators [those who ‘panic and complete projects waaaay ahead of time] and procrastinators.
- Successful originals are often late to the party. A quote from his research: The failure rate of ‘first movers’* was 47%, while the failure rate of ‘improvers’ was 8%. Examples: Facebook came after MySpace. Google came after Yahoo and Alta Vista.
- “You need a lot of bad ideas in order to get a few good ones.”
- Originals fear failure just like the rest of us. But they are even more afraid of failing to try.
*I guess you could say they too are originals. Shrug.
Handwritten, not typed.
It’s a variation of Julia Cameron’s morning pages, but I found that setting that simple goal made it easy to squeeze them in before the dog insisted on his morning walk.
I always went well past the prescribed 100 and that last 50 words always seemed to set my mind in the right direction.
It felt good to start shaping my own productive habits. At times, I even forced myself to write that first 100 while my coffee and breakfast sat within easy reach. [Now that’s serious!]
It reminded me I had already created this template that I used successfully…but evidently not so successfully that I forgot about it. [Go figure.]
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